Cast: Ravi Teja,Mehreen Pirzada Director: Anil Ravipudi
All the actors known for sending chuckles down your spine in Telugu cinema are part of Raja The Great. Ravi Teja never disappoints when he’s given the instrument of humor to handle. If he’s further supported by the situations and co-actors, it’s definitely a treat for the viewers. His partnership with Brahmanandam gave us Vikramarkudu and Kick. Even today, scenes featuring the two from those films are enough to cure somberness.
I did miss Brahmanandam’s quick tongue and childish playfulness on the big screen. He could have been cast as one of the police officers sent to protect Lucky, played by Mehreen Pirzada, from the regular Bollywood-import villain, Devaraj (Vivan Bhatena), or he could have played Rajendra Prasad’s brother. Also, the addition of Vennela Kishore would have lit up the film with a few more laughs.
Director Anil Ravipudi seems to have spent little amount of time on naming his principal characters. (The same can be said about his story.) While Prakash Raj and Sampath are named after themselves, Srinivasa Reddy, who’s seen almost throughout the film, is called Bujji. Well, Lucky and Raja (Ravi Teja), too, are the most common names on the street and in Telugu movies.
Actors playing blind characters come in two broad varieties:
The first category is where the actors work on their body language (mainly eyes). Examples: Vikram in the Tamil drama Kasi, and, Dinesh and Malavika Nair in another Tamil dramaCuckoo. Here, the actors move their eyeballs rapidly, or shut their eyes partly. The other noticeable aspect is the way they use their hands to feel things and people (slow and deliberate). All these characters live on the fringes of society. They do odd / various jobs to earn their bread.
The second category is about valor where the characters cross the boundaries of their disabilities to show the world that they can fit in. Adhe Kangal’s Kalaiyarasan is a blind chef. He doesn’t need to “see” to cook a delicious meal. And, Raja The Great’s Ravi Teja is a warrior. He can kick and throw numerous punches without having to “see” his opponent. These are characters that are looking for opportunities to excel (and not money exactly).